Reliance Jio Taps Hughes to Enable Satellite Connectivity Across Rural Parts of India

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Hughes Communications India Limited (HCIL), a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), has announced that Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), the largest 4G and mobile broadband digital services provider in India, has selected the Hughes JUPITER™ System to enable satellite connectivity to more than 400 4G/LTE sites in remote and rural locations.

Hughes, a global enabler in broadband satellite networks and services, and Jio were both recognized in Fortune’s 2018 Change the World list of the top 10 companies that make a positive social impact as part of their core business strategy.

Jio ranked number one on the list for expanding Internet access in India, including via its 4G network, which will leverage JUPITER System technology to connect locations beyond the reach of terrestrial backhaul technology.

“After an extensive evaluation of the satellite technology on the market, we felt strongly that the Hughes JUPITER System, with its high-throughput terminals and future-proof multiservice capabilities, provided the ideal performance and efficiency for supporting connectivity to our 4G/LTE sites,” said Jyotindra Thacker, group president, Reliance Jio. “The JUPITER satellite system is key to enabling our vision of providing ubiquitous and seamless connectivity to each and every part of the country, and we believe Hughes has the experience and expertise to support this large project.”

“The fact that Jio selected Hughes to underpin this large 4G/LTE satellite backhaul network is a testament to the superior performance and efficiency enabled by our JUPITER System,” said Partho Banerjee, president, Hughes Communications India. “Satellite is the ideal technology for extending 4G/LTE service to remote and rural communities beyond the reach of terrestrial backhaul, and we look forward to working with Jio to support its work in connecting the unconnected in India.”

The JUPITER System is a high-performance, field-proven satellite networking solution that backhauls all generations of cellular technologies. The system delivers more than 200 Mbps of TCP throughput per terminal and includes built-in 4G/LTE optimization capability that can yield 30 to 60 percent bandwidth savings versus that of standard satellite backhaul solutions.

Under the agreement with Jio, Hughes India will provide a managed service to include network planning, implementation, operation and maintenance.


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